The Italian Competition Authority fines undertakings for an anticompetitive agreement concerning the assignment of broadcasting rights to Italian football league matches (Vendita diritti televisivi Serie A 2015-2018)

In its decision of 19 April 2016, the Italian Competition Authority (“ICA”) imposed fines totalling EUR 66 million on Sky and Mediaset, the main television operators in the pay-tv market, and on the Italian Football League (“Lega Calcio”) and its advisor Infront, for breach of Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (“TFEU”) [1]. The ICA found that the parties entered into a bid-rigging agreement concerning the award of the broadcasting rights of the Italian football premier league (“Serie A”) for the years 2015-2018. According to the ICA’s findings, Lega Calcio - advised and supported by Infront – instead of awarding Sky the broadcasting rights in line with the submitted bids, engaged in negotiations with the other bidders so as to alter the outcome of the tender.

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  • Bonelli Erede (Rome)
  • Bonelli Erede (Rome)

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Giulio Matarazzi, Sara Lembo, The Italian Competition Authority fines undertakings for an anticompetitive agreement concerning the assignment of broadcasting rights to Italian football league matches (Vendita diritti televisivi Serie A 2015-2018), 19 April 2016, e-Competitions April 2016, Art. N° 80149

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